AMD or age related macular degeneration is a common eye condition affecting the back part of the inside of the eye or retina. It affects many individuals and usually begins to show signs of changes in the early 50s but possibly earlier. A small region near the center of the retina where the highest resolution/ clearest part of our vision is sensed is called the macula. When it gets damaged, AMD slowly begins to distort our vision. The disease may not cause complete blindness but will begin to affect the central part of our vision in one or both eyes slowly over years but sometimes faster. AMD is divided into the dry and wet types of the disease. Early in the disease, certain deposits are generally observed in an area under the retina. These deposits progress and cause damage to photoreceptors over time. This leads to changes in vision. In some instances, blood vessels begin to grow in the area of these deposits which is then called wet macular degeneration. Wet macular degeneration can lead to a rapid decline in vision but if caught early can be treated with certain medications administered into the eye.
The causes of AMD are not completely understood. Genetic as well as environmental factors exist which lead to macular degeneration. For example, smoking is known to worsen macular degeneration. Scientific studies such as AREDS, and later AREDS 2, showed that individuals that had the “dry” type of macular degeneration could slow the progression of the disease by having certain nutrients in their diets.
A comprehensive eye and retinal exam performed by an Ophthalmologist (MD) or Optometrist (OD) can help you detect whether you have AMD or not. Your eye care professional will dilate your eyes and take a careful look at the structures inside your eye. This will help determine if you have AMD or not. This kind of an exam is especially important if you have a family history of AMD. Changes may be observed over time.
Eye vitamins which are formulated based on AREDS 2 provide essential nutrients that may be missing from our diets that will help in the slowing of AMD. These nutrients are naturally occurring in foods and may be obtained directly from them as well. This may be a challenge for many individuals so a well formulated and natural supplement will be helpful. These nutrients will be required for life in order to minimize the progression of AMD. Until further studies are performed, we recommend continuing to take appropriately formulated supplements after a discussion with your health care provider.
Yes! It has been carefully formulated to be 100% vegetarian and without gelatin (which is made from animal tissue).
since both products may contain overlapping vitamins which, if taken in high enough doses, could be detrimental to your health and wellbeing. You should consult with your primary care provider to see if you need to take multivitamins. If you do, then Vision and body complete should not be combined with other supplements. It has both a daily multivitamin and eye vitamins based on AREDS 2. You should discuss any supplements you are taking with your health care provider if you have any health conditions.
Vision & Body Complete should ideally be taken with meals. The capsule can be opened or chewed slowly as well if you have a hard time swallowing large capsules.
The essential nutrients in Vision & Body Complete are supplements and are part of a healthy diet. They are meant to help you fill in the gaps you may have in your regular diet. They are not a substitute but rather a supplement to your regular healthy diet. They help to take the guesswork out of keeping your nutrition at its best by providing an “all-in-one” solution rather than taking a variety of individual supplements which could overlap and be dangerous.
Vision & Body Complete supplement provides essential antioxidants and micronutrients which are shown to help slow the progression of AMD in many individuals. They are thought to work by neutralizing the harmful effects of environmental toxins/oxidants as well as support retinal function. Vision & Body Complete also contains lycopene. This has been added based on feedback from physicians due to lycopene’s potent antioxidant activity. In addition, the vitamins contain omega 3 Fatty Acids which may also help with dry eyes. Studies have shown the benefits of omega 3 fatty acids for brain, heart, skin, hair, and eyes. Results may vary.
The bottle should be kept with the lid tightly closed, out of reach of children, and in a cool, low light, dry place.